Tuesday, March 1, 2022

SOL 1/31: Meet my Great Great Grandfather, George Washington Aaron

Meet George Washington Aaron, my 2nd great grandfather whose 170th birthday is February 29th. Born in 1852 in Alabama, he married Mary Elizabeth Harrison Cox, a widow six years his senior with three small sons. Having been educated in Nashville, Mary taught George in the evenings how to read and write and they fell in love and were married in 1872 in Florence, Lauderdale, Alabama. They had two girls and three boys. One of the girls died in infancy, but the other daughter, Caroline Elizabeth, was my great grandmother. I trace my heritage as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to my great great grandparents, George and Mary, who heard the gospel from missionaries in Alabama and joined the church in 1886. George died in 1926 at 74 years of age in Canadian, Pittsburg, Oklahoma. His home was in McNally Flat where my great grandparents and grandparents also resided. #ancestorofthemonth #moderngenealogy (My IG & FB spotlight for February)

One of my current passions as a retired educator is family history. I'm choosing that as my focus for this monthly challenge of daily slicing. Each month I spotlight an ancestor on Instagram and Facebook. Today I'll share a bit more about George Washington Aaron, my 2nd great grandfather. He was the 9th of 13 children born to James William Philyaw Aaron and Elizabeth Ann Butler in Elyton, Jefferson, Alabama. Of those 12 siblings, only one died in infancy. However, just 3 of the 13 children lived to see the 20th century: Virginia Caroline Aaron who died in 1901 at 60 years of age, George Washington Aaron who died in 1926 at 74 years of age, and Cleo Patrick Tobe Aaron, born in 1863 (during the Civil War) who died in 1959 at the age of 96.

Birth and census records indicate that George and Mary lived in Florence, Lauderdale, Alabama after their marriage where three of their children were born including my great grandmother, Caroline Elizabeth Aaron. Their next two children were born in El Paso, White, Arkansas. George's mother, Elizabeth Ann Butler died in Dulaney, Hunt, Texas in 1895.

Beginning at left side of picture: Cleo Patrick Tobe Aaron (George's youngest brother) and wife, Margaret Wood, Caroline Elizabeth Aaron (my great grandmother), George Julius Mansion Aaron, James Marion Emery Monroe Aaron, and Clarence Cleo Christopher Aaron. Behind children are George Washington Aaron and Mary Elizabeth Harrison.

George and family were living in Celeste, Hunt, Texas in 1900. By the 1910 census, they had relocated to McNally Flats, Blocker, Pittsburg, Oklahoma where they remained until their deaths. George Washington Aaron's wife, Mary Elizabeth, died in May 1926 at the age of 80 and her husband died 6 months later at the age of 74.

 No color photos when this was 
taken! I just like playing around 
with the colorization feature on


  1. I love this idea. We owe so much to our ancestors and the best way to honor them is through commemorating their lives in as many ways as possible. What our ancestors had to overcome just to survive is monumental. Thank you for sharing and enjoy your work on this project.

  2. Family histories are so interesting. The picture you made in color is amazing. I know I should know this, but are you from the south? Texas maybe?

  3. What a fascinating way to focus your writing for the month! You really bring your 2x great grandparents to life with all the detail you have found about them. I look forward to seeing more about your family. I may even be inspired to find some time to go back to my own family history projects, fallow for too long as I have been busy with motherhood and teaching.

  4. Ramona, I wish I had more information about our family tree. My mother at age 1.6 years old immigrated to America with my Nonnie who was meeting my grandfather. My mother did not tell me she was an immigrant until I was in graduate school. My Nonnie (grandmother) believed that once in America, everyone should be Americanized. Your story is fascinating. I have always been interested in family trees. You are an inspiration that information can be extracted and acted upon. I am looking forward to your stories evolving.